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August 25, 2017 1:15 PM, EDT
FedEx Breaks Ground on New Mexico Distribution Center
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FedEx Ground is officially open for business in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and the region’s economic development leaders joined with company officials for a ribbon-cutting Aug. 23 at the 215,000-square-foot distribution center in Santa Teresa’s West Park.

The new facility is expected to bring roughly 80 jobs to the region and that number is expected to grow, according to Jerry Pacheco, president and CEO of the Border Industrial Association.

FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest U.S. and Canadian for-hire carriers.

“As we keep fighting to grow and diversify New Mexico’s economy, we’re continuing to see encouraging signs,” Martinez said. “Welcoming companies like FedEx and others to New Mexico sends the message loud and clear that we are competing for jobs and investment like never before. We’re committed to continuing to fight for the tools and reforms that make our state such a great place to do business.”

The new distribution center will service customers in New Mexico’s border region. The company is looking for both part- and full-time employees, according to Pacheco.

FedEx is the latest in a series of companies growing and thriving in the Santa Teresa Industrial Complex. Companies contributing to the area as a logistics hub include Union Pacific, Valley Cold Storage, MCS Frames and others.

Recent reforms, including tax cuts, expanding the overweight cargo zone, revamping the Santa Teresa port of entry and investing in infrastructure are helping to grow business in the area, according to state economic development officials. New Mexico has the third-highest rate of GDP growth in the country through the first quarter of 2017.

The state recently saw its largest private-sector job growth in more than a decade, with 15,000 new private-sector jobs added in the past year.

The Santa Teresa border region has seen impressive growth during the past 10 years and boasts nearly 4 million square feet of industrial space.

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